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“I don’t think it would be possible anywhere to find a people more generously friendly than the Sydney-ites, and particularly the Sydney Yacht Squadron. All their facilities were offered to refit Gipsy Moth for her Cape Horn venture.

They immediately enlisted the help of Warwick Hood, the naval architect, who had designed the Dame Pattie, the 1967 challenger for the America’s Cup. Alan Payne also offered to help and advise me, so straight away I had most wonderful help and advice from two of the naval architects I admire most in the world. The Lewmar winches had given me a lot of trouble and landed me in difficulties several times.

An Australian firm making Barlow winches sportingly presented me with a set of these in Sydney. On the homeward passage, I never had to clean them, or even give them a spot of oil and they looked brand new at the end of it.”  Francis Chichester – Gipsy Moth Circles The World (1967).

In Bucklers Hard, England On December 7, 1970, The English Navigator Francis Chichester Prepares His Sailboat, The 17.10M Long Gipsy Moth V, For A 4000 Mile Trip (7,400 Km) Between Bissau (Portuguese Guinea) And Juan Del Norte (Nicaragua). (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)